Common Name: Mandevilla (Dipladenia, Brazilian Jasmine, Chilean Jasmine)
Latin Name:Mandevilla spp., syn. Dipladenia splendens
Family Name: Apocynaceae
Flower Colour: A wide range of colours, including red, pink, white, yellow, orange, and blue.
The Mandevilla vine makes a lovely patio plant during the summer but must be brought inside the house or into the protection of a heated greenhouse during the colder months in the UK.
Some sources say that the white latex sap can cause skin irritation in humans and others say that the plant is toxic, but the specific toxin remains unidentified. It is known that Mandevilla scabra is toxic and other species are suspected to be of low toxicity. As it is in the same family as Oleander and Periwinkle, we recommend that you err on the side of caution and do not feed Mandevilla to your tortoise (although if a leaf or two is nibbled there is probably no harm done).